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Road Upgrades to Upper Yorke Peninsula

The State Government’s $40million Upper Yorke Peninsula Regional Road Network Upgrade Program is almost complete. The works have included the Federation Corner roundabout, Bute to Kulpara road pavement rehabilitation and upgrades to the Copper Coast Highway. It will also involve pavement resealing and maintenance between Maitland and Ardrossan, Port Wakefield and Kulpara,...

Workshops to Help Regional Businesses

Rural Business Support’s new Business Readiness Project aims to help 135 small rural and regional South Australian businesses be better prepared to withstand and survive natural disaster events. The workshops focus on preparing businesses for events including fires, floods and even power outages during severe storms. The project aims to reach 135...

Desert Fringe Returns to Port Augusta

The Desert Fringe returns to Port Augusta in March for the 12th year in a row, bringing some of the best acts to the region. Running from the 1st to the 3rd the program is filled to the brim with a mix of circus, comedy, music, dance, visual art and free...

Region-Wide Warnings of Extreme Heat

With temperatures sitting well over 40 degrees for the next few days SA Health says everyone is at risk of heat-related illness during the extreme heat. SA Health’s Chief Medical Officer and Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Paddy Phillips says young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people who have chronic...

Remediation of Bird Lake Underway

Remediation work on Port Augusta’s Bird Lake is set to begin in March with $3.2 million provided to the Port Augusta City Council to rehabilitate the site. Residents have experienced unpleasant odours for over a decade with the closure of the Northern Power Station only making the problem worse. The project will...

Spirits on the Rise on the YP

The Yorke Peninsula’s first every micro-distillery has opened its doors to the public with a selection of home-made spirits on offer. Sunny Hill Distillery is located on the owners Arthurton property in between Kadina and Minlaton, where they converted an old machinery shed into a distillery and tasting room. The distillery is...

Security Upgrades for Regional Airports

Anti-terrorism measures are set to cost local councils as much as $1 million as the federal government reveals a proposed national security upgrade for regional airports. Following on from a review of domestic terrorism threats last year measures are including body scanners, advanced X-ray equipment and tighter restrictions on who needs...

Wombats Causing Problems for Farmers

Wombats are becoming an increasing problem for farmers in the Mid North as populations boom. Increasing wombat populations and their warrens are rendering parts of farmland unusable to sheep farmers and landholders. Pastoralists are calling for the culling of the southern hairy-nosed wombat to combat the issue. The Australian Wildlife Society has dismissed...

Illegal Abalone Seized on the YP

A large quantity of illegal abalone has been seized on the Yorke Peninsula after the Yorketown Police were tipped off by Fisheries officers. Just after 1pm on Sunday Police received information in relation to abalone poaching near Hardwicke Bay.  A car was stopped in Minlaton and a search of the car uncovered...

Man Accused of Wallaroo Manhunt goes Free

Police have dropped all charges against the man accused of sparking a nine-hour siege in Wallaroo last August. Prosecutors have said that the case against the 27-year-old man would not proceed and he will be released from jail. It was alleged that he was approached by police in August last year and...

Port Augusta City Safe Program at Risk

Port Augusta’s City Safe staff are awaiting a council review to see if they will continue patrolling the town after their contract was only extended for one year. The group deal with alcohol-related issues and minor offences in the area. The local council pays the South Australian Special Operations Group $240,000 a...